As ridiculous as this might sound, I've heard rumours that you don't have a native email or calendar functionality on the playbook. Instead, you have to sync it with your existing blackberry. I believe you can have a native calendar function or sync to your Blackberry calendar. As for email, well it has wifi, so you can get email and I don't see why there wouldn't be an app for it on there. My issue with this first gen is that you can't use it to get email the way I do on my blackberry currently - sync'd to my outlook inbox through BES.